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that america has seen a record 69 straight months of job growth and all signs point to this historic growth continuing. in september 2012, when unemployment was at 8.1%, the republican presidential nominee, mitt romney, claimed the unplace of employment rate would stay at 8% if president obama were re-elected president. president obama was re-elected president and mitt romney was wrong. what actually happened? the unemployment rate has steadily dropped each year and is now at a seven-year low of 5% with employers adding about 200,000 jobs a month through last november as more meshes get back to work. one of the frequent republican claims we have heard is that businesses would shift to hart--- to part-time workers to avoid the affordable care act's requirement to provide coverage to full-time employees. a new study released this week shows that the a.c.a. resulted in little change in the number of hours worked, including the
first six months of 2015 when the employer mandate first took effect for larger companies. as politico noted this study, and i quote, pokes a major hole in a beloved conservative talking point that obamacare will force employers to cut employees' hours, end quote. . the truth is they found them not working fewer hours in 2014, 2015. and the a.c.a. expansion of medicaid would decrease employment for low-income workers but they didn't show how they fit in the labor market during the first 15 months under medicaid expansion under a.c.a. it didn't push low-income adults to switch jobs, move from full time to part-time work or rush to find new jobs. in fact, the expansion of medicaid under the affordable care act has made a tremendous difference in increasing access
to health care for america's most vulnerable families. since october of 2013, more than 12.3 million americans have been able to get coverage thanks to the expansion of medicaid. and as a result of marketplace coverage and medicaid expansion, hospital uncompensated care costs were reduced by an estimated $7.4 billion in 2014, resulting in huge savings for consumers across this country. but that's the difference between us. democrats believe health care is a right and my republican friends believe it is a privilege. to make matters worse, the bill before us today would also defund planned parenthood, which would put millions of low-income women and men, i would add, at risk of losing access to critical health services. the fact is that one in five women has relied on planned parenthood health center for care in her lifetime and planned parenthood serves 2.7
million patients each year. additionally, planned parenthood clinics often serve as one of the few affordable care options for many women and men. cutting off access to critical health services planned parenthood provides to some of our most vulnerable citizens is simply wrong. it is unconscionable, and 63% of voters, including 72% of independents, agree. but this fits -- this whole effort to defund planned parenthood fits the republican pattern of targeting poor people. and quite frankly, mr. speaker, it's outrageous. while our nation's community health centers do incredible work, the republican claim that community health centers by themselves could suddenly pick up all the slack if planned parenthood is defunded is just not true, and my republican friends know that. the idea that our community health centers could overnight suddenly step up and step in and cover millions of new
patients is absurd. in fact, in 21% of the counties with a planned parenthood health center, planned parenthood is the only safety net family planning provider. finally, let me just also voice my strong objection to the provision in this rule which extends for another year the unrestricted authority for four house committees to conduct staff depositions at anytime on any subject for any reason. some committees barely used this authority in the past year and when they have it's often been abused with the threat of subpoena held over people's head. the power to compel testimony under oath should be rarely used and specifically authorized. quite frankly, mr. speaker, i think the american people are tired of the partisan witch-hunts that we have grown accustomed to under this republican leadership in this house. we're starting the new year not by working in a bipartisan way to do the people's business.
unfortunately, we're starting the new year debating the same old same old, bills that put politics ahead of people and, mr. speaker, that is truly sad. with that i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts reserves his time. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. woodall: mr. speaker, it's my great pleasure to yield two minutes to the gentleman from texas, mr. ratcliffe. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized for two minutes. mr. ratcliffe: i thank the gentleman for yielding. mr. speaker, obamacare is intrusive, it's expensive, it's full of broken promises, but the biggest failure is the simple fact that it makes life more difficult for hardworking americans. in my district, i've heard countless horror stories from parents, from seniors, from business owners, all of which underscore that there's simply nothing affordable about the perversely named affordable care act. stories like morris from raw et, texas, who -- rawlett,
texas. now, the least expensive cost him $854 per month plus a $12,700 deductible. obamacare is preventing morris from investing in things that really matter, like his son's college education. or take from potsboro, who on a $700 per month income can't afford the $287 per month obamacare costs her. obamacare is preventing heather from taking care of her 13-year-old daughter and a father with multiple sclerosis. and then there's brian, a small business owner in my district, who's seen a 50% increase in his health care and deductible from obamacare. and he can't grow his business beyond 50 employees because he can't afford to comply with the employer mandate or face its penalties. mr. speaker, these are just a few of the stories that demonstrate the very real problems that obamacare is
creating for hardworking americans and why a better name for this law would be the under affordable care act. and it's why i stand in strong support today of a reconciliation bill that will dismantle obamacare and the defund planned parenthood for a year. i promised my constituents i would do more than vote to repeal obamacare. i would help send a bill to the oval office that will actually get rid of this terrible law. and today i'm keeping that promise. and with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas yields back his time. the gentleman from georgia reserves his time, and the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. mcgovern: mr. speaker, i'm happy to yield 2 1/2 minutes to the gentlewoman from illinois, ms. schakowsky. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from illinois is recognized for 2 1/2 minutes. ms. schakowsky: i thank the gentleman for yielding. i rise in opposition to this rule and the reconciliation bill. just another budget measure being used as a vehicle to defund planned parenthood. this is the 11th republican attack on women's health in this congress, including four
prior votes to defund planned parenthood. and while house republicans have already passed 10 anti-women health measures and are now voting on their 11th, they have not passed a single measure that helps women get the reproductive health care they need. so here we are, happy new year, and newhouse speaker facing the same old -- newhouse speaker facing the same old same old. tacks on women's access to health care the very first week. and news this morning shows it will show the american people the difference between the political parties this election year. and for me that's a shameful admission. the difference is clear. my republican colleagues are willing to play partisan politics at the expense of women's health care, and women of america are watching and they don't like what they see. last fall, house republicans threatened to shut down the government if must-pass omnibus legislation did not defund
planned parenthood. now, that effort was stopped but only by promises to include a defunding provision in this budget reconciliation bill and by the creation of a select panel to investigate planned parenthood. never mind the fact that three house committees have already investigated planned parenthood following the release of selectively edited videos manufactured by an anti-abortion group and that none of these committees found any evidence of wrongdoing. apparently, uninterested in the facts, republicans have continued to make inflammatory and baseless claims. they also push forward on their new select investigative panel, meaning even more taxpayer dollars will be spent targeting the nation's reproductive health care providers instead of improving america's access to critical health care services. and having established the select panel, house republicans have now refused to wait for the panel to hold even its first meeting before voting once again to defund planned
parenthood. and in this atmosphere, it's hard to imagine that any investigation will be fair and objective. members have already declared the organization guilty as charged and there is no reason to believe that they will be more open-minded with regard to others who provide safe and legal reproductive health care services in this nation. facts matter, truth matters, and despite our objection to the creation of the select panel, as its ranking member, i will work to ensure that investigation is as fair -- that the investigation is fair and as trabs parent as possible. 30 seconds. mr. mcgovern: i yield the gentlelady 30 seconds. ms. schakowsky: the relentless attacks on planned parenthood and other health care providers must stop and they will stop. planned parenthood, as been told, has served almost three million american women and there is no evidence of wrongdoing by planned parenthood to possibly justify the defunding of the nation's
leading provider of reproductive health care whose work helps to avoid thousands and thousands of abortions because they provide planned parenthood. we should stop this latest effort to defund planned parenthood and we will because this bill is going nowhere and instead take affirmative steps to improve women's access to health care in this great nation. enough is enough. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back her time. the gentleman from massachusetts reserves his time, and the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. woodall: mr. speaker, it's now my great pleasure to yield three minutes to the vice chairwoman of the rules committee, the gentlelady from north carolina, ms. foxx. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from north carolina is recognized for three minutes. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. and i thank my colleague on the rules committee for yielding. mr. speaker, this rule and the underlying motion to concur with the senate amendment to r. 3762, the restoring americans' health care freedom
reconciliation act, marks a significant achievement for americans who value life and economic liberty. after years of work and dozens of votes in the face of a rhetoric hurled at us from across the aisle, this house will send to the president's desk legislation to remove the heavy hand of the federal government from americans' health care and end the stream of taxpayer dollars that flows to an organization that brutally kills precious unborn lives. when the so-called affordable care act was passed in 2010, republicans warned that the law would cause significant increases in the cost of health care and health insurance, reduce full-time jobs and work hours available and strain the safety net until it breaks. the american people were sold a bill of goods that's proven to be only a list of empty promises. most of us recall clearly these assurances that we could keep our insurance plans, that we
could keep our doctors and that our out-of-pocket costs would go down. mr. speaker, the letters, emails and telephone calls from my constituents tell me clearly that the affordable care act has proven to be anything but affordable for north carolinaians and the law has limited access to care and wasted billions of taxpayer dollars. it's time to undo this harmful law. also included in the senate amendment is a provision first passed by this house to stop the flow of federal mandatory funds to planned parenthood. while planned parenthood does not receive direct federal funding for abortions, these actions are warranted as a recent report from the government accountability office shows that the organization receives an average of $500 million taxpayer dollars each year for other lines of business. money is fungible and the federal funds that planned parenthood receives ultimately subsidize their abortion
services. fortunately, there are many more options for women's health care than the discredited abortion provider, planned parenthood. while planned parenthood is only approximately 665 clinics, federally qualified health centers, fqhc's, and rural health centers, r.h.c.'s, have 13,000 publicly supported locations, providing alternatives for women's health care. this means there are 20 federally funded comprehensive care clinics for every one planned parenthood. this bill does not change the availability of funds for women's health. it simply establishes a safeguard so that the nation's largest abortion chain is not the one providing such services. when federal taxpayers have legitimate concerns that their hard-earned dollars are flowing to organizations that sanction the dismemberment of unborn children and that our system of law has loopholes allowing these atrocities to continue,
we as their elected representatives are responsible for ensuring these concerns are heard and responded to. may i have 10 seconds? mr. woodall: i yield the gentlelady an additional 15 seconds. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for 15 seconds. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. our freedom rests on the cornerstone right we all have to life. and i fear we've lost sight of that. i urge my colleagues to support the rule and the underlying motion to protect innocent lives and restore our liberty. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from north carolina yields back. the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentleman from massachusetts. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arizona is recognized for two minutes. mr. gallego: i join in strong opposition to this rule that harms women, seniors, and families across america. in our first week back in this session, it's appalling the republicans believe defunding
planned parenthood, rolling back women's access to health screenings or raising prescription drug prices for seniors is a top priority. this attempt to repeal the a.c.a. is nothing short of attack on women and low-income americans. 75% of planned parenthood patients are low income and often have nowhere else to go. eliminating funding will have devastating consequences on the health of young women and men, latinas, and lgbt americans. this isn't just dangerous public policy. it's completely out of touch with the vast majority of americans. when i meet with my constituents across phoenix, i hear families worried about affording college, students struggling to pay their tuition, and the amount of debt they have, and hardworking americans who can't afford the skyrocketing costs of prescription drugs. i also hear relief. relief that came from the a.c.a. relief from young women who no longer have to pay for co-pays for birth control when they go to the farmcy. relief that their annual exams
no longer come with cost sharing. relief for seniors whose prescription drug costs are lower because we got rid of the medicare doughnut hole. relief from parents that their child with chronic disease can't be denied insurance coverage. all thanks to the affordable care act. women and all americans deserve better than playing the same politics over their bodies and their health care. i urge my colleagues to defeat this dangerous rule and oppose the reconciliation package on behalf of millions of families who can't afford to lose care once again. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arizona yields back his time. the gentleman from massachusetts reserves his time. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. woodall: it's my great pleasure to yield threw three minutes to a strong member of the rules committee, the gentleman from alabama, mr. byrne. the speaker pro tempore: gentleman from alabama is recognized for three minutes. mr. byrne: i thank my rules committee colleague for yielding. i rise today in support of this rule anti-underlying legislation. this is a monumental vote. for the first time since republicans took control of
this house in 2011 we are in a position to send a bill to the president's desk that would dismantle obamacare and eliminate federal funding for planned parenthood who we know sold body parts from aborted babies. this piece of legislation is about listening to the american people and working to advance their concerns right here in the people's house. obamacare is fundamentally broken. it's not making health care more affordable. in fact, it's doing just the opposite. as "the new york times" pointed out just the other day, many americans find it cheaper to pay the tax penalty and remain uninsured instead of signing up for a health care plan they simply cannot afford. that is exactly the opposite of how this law was supposed to work. my colleagues on the other side say that republicans want to take away people's health care. let me tell you what took away
people's health care. this law did. i hear stories every time i go to the grocery store or hold a town hall meeting from people who had a health care plan that they liked, a plan they could afford, a plan that worked for them. now the president said over and over again if you like your health care plan, you can keep it. that was not true. so the people of the united states suffer today because they lost their health care plans or they simply can't afford the cost anti-new health care plan that's been forced on them. if you want to talk about taking away people's health care from someone, that's what this law did and what the president of the united states did and what he continues to do with this law. we need to move past this government mandated health care plan and instead empower the american people and their doctors. the people don't want the federal government to tell them what type of health insurance they need or what doctors they should see. that's simply not the role of
the federal government. we should get rid of this awful law and instead move forward with health care reform that puts the interest of the patient first not the interest of the federal government. so let's pass this bill and send it to the president's desk and then he gets to make a choice. he can stand with the american people or he can stand against the american people. if he chooses to veto this bill, then the american people will have seen a clear choice between two different americas. an america with a government -- where the government knows best, an america where the people, hardworking people who have made our country great, where the people are empowered. let's make the president decide. let's hold him accountable. let's do the work of our constituents and let's pass this bill on behalf of every american who lost their health care plan or saw their health care costs increase. let's do this for them. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. mcgovern: thank you, mr. speaker. the geleman from alabama says
this is a monumental vote. let me get this straight, a bill that is going to the white house that will get the fastest veto that we have ever seen ever happen in this country is somehow a monumental vote? i uld suggest to my republican colleagues ithey think this is a monumental vote, they have low standards. this is a political sound bite. this is a waste of taxpayer money. this is just a waste of everybody's time. we ought to be talking about how to strengthen this economy. about how to get more people health care. not these political sound bites that waste precious resources here in the congress and -- by wait cost taxpayers money. all this wasd debate here. all this wasted time is costing taxpayers money. let's find ways to make the affordable care act even better. let's find wa to make sure that 100% of the people in this country have the health care that they need. not be debating a sound bite by the way if itver passed wuld throw 22 million peoploff of health care. how can you gback to your
districts and be proud of that? with that, mr. speaker, i yield two minutes to the gentlewoman from california, ms. sanchez. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from california is recognized for two minutes. ms. sanchez: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank the gentleman from massachusetts for the time. ere we go again. congress reconvenes and the majority is starting out the new year doing the same old thing. we come back from the holidays, a time for family, for reflection, and we begin this new year with a vote to cripple the health care of our amilies. it would repeal essential pieces of the affordable care act. mr. speaker, i really don't
know how else to put this except to say that the affordable care act works. it actually works. for the people that i represent . for californians. and for americans, especially who never had health care before. not only has this law been affirmed tually by our supreme court, it has survived countless votes to dismantle it in this chamber and the other, but thanks to the affordable care act, the folks in my district have seen massive improvement in their community. from 2012 to 2014, more than 60,000 people at home in my area now have health insurance and they never had it before. this is just about partisan politics today. you're right, mr. mcgovern,
it's just about partisan politics. instead of focusing on the issues that are important to our families, immigration reform, addressing climate change, creating jobs -- no, here we go back again. mr. speaker, let's cut the partisan politics. let's do what families need. let's vote against this. thank you. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from california yield back her time. the gentleman from massachusetts reserves. and the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. woodall: mr. speaker, at this time it's my great pleasure to yield two minutes to a new member from the great state of georgia, mr. heist. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia is recognized for two minutes. >> mr. speaker, i rise in support of the rule and the underlying bill and i commend the months of hard work for my colleagues to put together this historic piece of legislation and likewise thank the gentleman for yielding. mr. hice: the other side of the aisle acts as though words are
meaningless. the truth is the president promised the american people that if they liked their insurance they could keep it. he promised, he promised also that this would be more affordable health care. the reality, mr. speaker, is none of those promises were true. in fact, now we ever millions of americans who have lost their i shurens -- insurance because of this bill. we have millions of americans now who are in a situation having to decide between drastically increasing health insurance costs that they have to pay, or facing penalties and consequences for not participating. mr. speaker, the president also promised that this health care law, obamacare, would boost the economy. in fact, it's discouraged businesses from hiring more than 50 people. and from having more than 30 hours a week for their workers
to work. the president also told the american people that obamacare would not increase the deficit. as has already been mentioned here today, that is absolutely wrong. the c.b.o. has clearly identified how the costs will increase tremendously. this reconciliation package remedies the harm and the devastation of the broken promises of this president. it repeals the very foundation of obamacare, and places a one-year moratorium on funding planned parenthood. mr. speaker, i urge my colleagues to support the rule and the underlying bill. with that i yield the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yield back. the gentleman from georgia reserves his time. the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. mcgovern:00 mr. speaker, i yield 2 1/2 minutes to the gentleman from new york, mr. nadler. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is recognized for 2 1/2 minutes. mr. nadler: mr. speaker, this
is alice in wonderland, first the verdict then the trial. the republicans have declared the verdict against planned parenthood before ever holding the trial w no shred of evidence aside from a series of blatantly manipulated videos, without a single house committee finding any wrongdoing, without the select committee, ostensibly set up to hold planned parenthood holding a meeth, they have decided to cut off all federal funding, including medicaid reimbursement for one organization. the legislation we are moat voting on today targets one organization and cuts it off from all federal funding, including reimbursement for medicaid services provided. for no justifiable legislative reason beyond punishment for offering a actually protected medical procedure. this smacks of a clearly unconstitutional bill of attainder. the prohibition on bills attainder exist to prevent just this kind of targeted attack on a single group. can you not use legislation to punish a single organization without any evidence or fair legislative process simply because you don't like it. while the legislation never mentions the word planned
parenthood, we have heard and will hear today planned parenthood's name over and over from my colleagues on the other side of the aisle during this debate. no one can say this bill is not aimed directly at one organization. of course if the republicans in congress had any evidence of planned parenthood broke the law, they would have taken it to the attorney general or the f.b.i., but they didn't. if they had any faith in the extremists who made these accusations against planned parent hoo, they would have brought them before congress to testify, but they didn't. the truth is, this attack on planned parenthood is knowingly based on a whole series of lies. the longer the republicans keep up this pretense in order to stokes the blames flamse with their rhetoric, the longer they put patients and providers at risk of unstable people committing murder as we have seen. bulletproof class and safe rooms should not be necessary for women to access basic health care like cancer screenings or contraception. but if this afack on planned parenthood doesn't stop, that will be the norm for women around the country.
you want press example, contraception, you put your life at risk. do not be pooled this funding will go to other health care providers and planned parenthood patients will follow. not true. more than half rely on medicaid. most states do not enough providers, particularly special specialists, taking medicaid patients to absorbed planned parenthood. by voting to defund planned parenthood, you are leaving 2.7 million women and families with no access to health care. enough is enough. it's time for my republican colleagues to accept what they know is true. planned parenthood has done nothing more than provide compassionate, comprehensive care for witness of americans in a safe, legal manner. stop the rhetoric. stop the lies. don't deprive people of abortion services, of health care service, contraception service, breast examples. vote no on this rule. no on the underlying bill. and don't violate the constitution with a bill of attainder. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from massachusetts reserves his time
of the the gentleman from georgia is recognized for his time. . it's my pleasure to yield one minute to my friend from ohio, chairman bob gibson. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio is recognized for one minute. mr. gibson: thank you for yielding. r. speaker, i rise since i was first sworn into the house, my top priority has been to repeal this disastrous health care law that we call obamacare. finally today we have an opportunity to send to the president's desk legislation that repeals obamacare. today we're going to end the individual mandate, stop the employer mandate and repeal dozens of taxes and provisions that prevent people from actually getting affordable health coverage. i always said we should incentivize health savings accounts, not tax them, and this bill repeals the tax on h.s.a.'s. i hear from many of my local businesses, owners and constituents in my district every day about their vuggle to comply with the law, let alone provide health coverage for their employees and their families.
manufacturers, retail storeowners are facing dramatic increases in health care costs. this leads to a dangerous position of obamacare driving them out of business, making those decisions. since signing into law, the president has delayed parts of obamacare for political reasons. this is a bad law to begin with because it is fundamental a lot he unworkable and unaffordable. i ask my colleagues to support this rule and support passage of this bill. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. mcgovern: mr. speaker, i just want to say this debate is astonning to me. what's so strofle on the republican side is millions and millions of more americans have health care. i heard people say people have fewer health care. they can't produce any validators to support that statement. c.b.o. and a whole bunch of validators have actually said more people have more health care. if they get their way, 22 million people lose their health care. that's what this is about. this is about whether or not people in this country deserve
health care or whether or not they don't. whether or not you think health care is a right or whether, as my republican friends say, it is a privilege, we think it's a right and with that i'd like to yield two minutes to the gentlewoman from florida, ms. frankel. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from florida is recognized for two minutes. ms. frankel: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank the gentleman from massachusetts for his leadership and for yielding to me. well, mr. speaker, here we go again and again and again. once more, politicians invading the bedrooms of the american women. i stand with planned parenthood. we will not go back. and i yield my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back her time. the gentleman from massachusetts reserves. the gentleman from georgia. mr. woodall: mr. speaker, at this time it's my great pleasure to yield two minutes to a great member from the great state of georgia, mr. carter. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia is recognized for two minutes. mr. carter: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise today in support of the senate amendment
to h.r. 3762, the restoring americans healthcare freedom 2015. liation act of this bill guts obamacare. eliminating many of the penalties and programs that have been implemented over the last several years by this administration. americans have been saddled with the burden of a health care insurance system that restricts what doctor they can see, what services they can receive and has even limited them to who they can have as their pharmacist. if the president signs this bill into law, we can return the power of our health care system back to the american people. americans should be in charge of their health care system, not washington, d.c. with this bill, congress will eliminate the individual mandate, the employer mandate and repeal all future appropriated funds to the prevention and public health fund that has supported the failing obamacare law for the last several years. it repeals the medical device
tax, the excise tax on high cost health insurance plans and the $2,500 limit on flexible spending accounts and medicaid expansion and eligibility pathway which has left many states suffering from budget problems and it restricts federal funding to planned parenthood and its affiliated clinics for a period of one year with appropriate funds being redirected to community health centers to better serve women and their health. this bill returns to the american people a system that is driven by the market, not by artificial formulas and percentages created by washington bureaucrats. as a pharmacist and a former owner of three independent pharmacies, he can ensure you that the only way to lower costs and to create an opportunity for everyone to participate is by allowing the free market to work as it was meant to. i urge my colleagues to support this rule and this bill so we can eliminate this burdensome health care plan and bring
greater opportunities for americans to receive affordable health care. mr. speaker, i yield back to the gentleman from georgia. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. mcgovern: mr. speaker, i yield two minutes to the gentleman from georgia, mr. lieu. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized for two minutes. mr. lieu: thank you. i'm ted lieu from california. the house republicans have unveiled their new ideas for moving america forward which include trying to repeal or undermige for the 6 nd time the affordable care act -- 72nd time the affordable care act and 11th time attacking women's health care, both of which are guaranteed to be vetoed by president obama. so one definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result. there will be no different result today. the affordable care act will remain the law of the land, and planned parenthood will not be defunded. and the republicans know this.
because if it was repealed over 22 million americans will lose health care, including five million californians and they have no idea how to fix this immediate crisis. in dation, millions more will lose health care access if planned parenthood were to be defunded. if you want to look at hyperpartisan bills that waste time, squander taxpayer resources and are going nowhere, look at the g.o.p. agenda. if you want ideas that will move america forward such as investing in jearks, reducing carbon pollution and creating jobs, look at the democratic agenda. at least we're not insane. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back his time. the gentleman from massachusetts reserves. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. and the gentleman from georgia has 11 1/2 minutes remaining. mr. woodall: thank you, mr. speaker. at this time it's my great pleasure to yield one of those minutes to the gentleman from kansas, mr. huelskamp. the speaker pro tempore: and the gentleman from kansas is recognized for one minute.
mr. huelskamp: i thank my friend from georgia for yielding. for months now americans have in horror watched gruesome undercover videos detailing planned parenthood's barbaric practice of harvesting little baby body parts for profit. in one heartbreaking story, a whistleblower described how planned parenthood carved up the face of a baby boy whose heart was still beating and then harvested his intact brain. as a father of four beautiful children by adoption, i listen to this gutwrenching recollection only to think about millions of destroyed lives that won't be given the chance of life my kids received. it is time to stop funneling millions of taxpayer funds to this abortion giant that prides itself in snuffing out the lives of innocent babies and then profiting off their little victims. i urge my colleagues to join me in support of h.r. 3762, and i
yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kansas yields back. the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentleman from massachusetts has eight minutes remaining and is recognized. mr. mcgovern: mr. speaker, i would just respond to the gentleman that the overwhelming majority of the american people actually support planned parenthood, and that's in spite of all the attacks and all the -- all the accusations that have no basis to them that have been hurled at this to -- no, i will not -- by my republican friends and i just want to remind my colleagues that planned parenthood provides a number of services to patients. family planning counseling and contraception. they provide pregnancy tests. they provide pap tests. they provide life-saving breast exams. i mean, this is an organization that provides for the health and well-being of millions of people in this country, mostly poor women.
you know, maybe that's why it's -- maybe that's why it's easier for my friends on the other side to attack this program and this organization because they primarily provide help to poor women, but that's what planned parenthood is about. and so this is an important organization, a good organization and that is why a majority of americans support it. my friends are on the wrong side of public opinion on this and with that i reserve my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves his time. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. woodall: mr. speaker, it is now my great pleasure to yield two minutes to the gentleman from north carolina, mr. pittenger. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina is recognized for two minutes. mr. pittenger: thank you to the gentleman from georgia, mr. woodall, for yielding to me. mr. speaker, taxpayer money should not be used for abortion, period. taxpayer money should not be used to support abortion providers, period. as americans, we are proud to support life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
yet, last fiscal year 554 million dollars of taxpayer money went to support planned parenthood, which is in the same year was responsible for e deaths of 323,999 innocent babies. even dismembering and selling baby parts. these lost children are a deep scar on our nation. my colleagues on the other side of the aisle have countered that planned parenthood does more than provide abortions. well, let's take a look at the facts. according to planned parenthood's own 2014-2015 annual report, cancer screenings are down 27%. family planning contraceptive services are down 18%. s.t.d. prevention and treatments are down. planned parenthood services decline in the same year they received nearly 5% increase in federal funding. mr. speaker, we are accountable
to the american taxpayer dollars. h.r. 3762, the restoring americans healthcare freedom , defunds tion act planned parenthood and shifts those same taxpayer dollars to the much larger network of community health clinics that do not provide abortions. this legislation will increase access to health care services for women while upholding and strengthening the value of life. h.r. 3762 also defunds the unmitigated disaster known as obamacare. president obama said you can keep your health plan. well, we found out millions can't. president obama called this affordable. well, it's not. premiums have gone up. americans deserve the freedom to choose the health plan that's right for them, not the ones selected by president obama. please join me in supporting h.r. 3762, to protect taxpayer dollars from being spent on abortions while increasing access to health care services
for women as we also defund obamacare in this legislation. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. mcgovern: mr. speaker, i just have to correct the record. the gentleman said the taxpayer money should not be spent on abortions. it can't be. that's the law. i don't know what he's talking about. and i also should point out to the gentleman more than 90% of what planned parenthood does is preventative care. so i get it. you know, it's the political rhetoric that people get carried away with. let's try to stick to facts. at least a little bit. and let's also understand so my colleagues have no confusion here, the law is no taxpayer money can be spent for abortion. so let's clear that up. with that i reserve my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves his time. the gentleman from georgia. mr. woodall: mr. speaker, it's now my great privilege to yield two minutes to the gentleman from florida, mr. bilirakis. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida is recognized for two minutes. mr. bilirakis: thank you so much, mr. speaker. i appreciate it. i rise obviously to support the
rule but also i have strong
support, again, for the restoring americans healthcare freedom reconciliation act, a crucial piece of legislation with bicameral support. this bill continues our efforts to protect patients, families, taxpayers and communities across the nation. it will lift the burden of president's health care law and give back the power over health care decisions to individual patients and families. this bill gives us the opportunity to take crucial steps towards a more patient-centered health care system. it gives us the opportunity to reduce our nation's deficit by repealing the majority of the burdensome health care faxes and ending harsh penalties. this legislation also gives us the opportunity to save lives in light of planned parenthood's unethical and potential illegal activities. i firmly believe our taxpayers
should not be forced to pay for such organizations.
we must protect the rights of taxpayers and more importantly the rights of the unborn. as i've said before, i remain dedicated to giving a voice to our most fragile americans who cannot speak for themselves. i am proud this legislation helps us protect those who need protection most. i urge my colleagues to support this good bill. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida yields back his time. the gentleman from georgia reserves his time, and the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. mcgovern: mr. speaker, let's be clear. other than a verbal assault on planned parenthood and a verbal assault against the affordable care act, this bill does -- will do nothing. it's going to be vetoed really quickly. maybe it's red meat for the political base. if that satisfies your political base, great. i'd say this is a cheap date if this is what it takes to satisfy them. we ought to be dealing with real issues here. if we defeat the previous question i'll offer an
amendment to the rule to bring up bipartisan legislation, bipartisan legislation that will close a glaring loophole in our gun laws, allowing suspected terrorists to legally buy firearms. the bill would bar the sale of firearms, explosives to those on the f.b.i.'s terrorist watch list. i don't know why that's so controversial, but some of my friends find that to be a controversial issue. mr. speaker, i'm going to ask unanimous consent to insert the text of the amendment in the record along with extraneous material immediately prior to the vote on the previous question, and i reserve my time. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, and the gentleman reserves his time. the gentleman from georgia. . mr. woodall: it's my privilege to jackson lee one minute to the gentleman from south carolina, mr. sanford. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from south carolina is recognized for one minute. mr. sanford: i thank the gentleman. i rise in support of this measure for many different reasons. let me just touch on three. one, gordon sullivan was former chief of staff of the united states army and he once observed that hope was not a method. and irregardless of the good intentions behind the
affordable care act, i think from an actuarial standpoint if you look at it you have to say that hope was indeed part of the method. i say that because if you look at the number of young people that were anticipated to sign up, already 7.5 million folks have said no. i'm not signing up. i would rather take the penalty than sign up. what that creates is a big liability for the taxpayer. two, i make the point that there's been real implication for the small businessperson. we have a company back home in charleston by the name of east bay delis. the owner came to me and said i was going to open up a couple more shops but given the costs i have seen with the affordable care act for my small business, i'm not going to do that. 90 employees that won't have jobs as a consequence. finally, our health care system has been predicated on a doctor-patient relationship. that hypocratic oath, that direct tie between doctor and patient is part and parcel to the whole system. yet the affordable care act, again, in the whole, begins to
undermine that. for many different reasons those three among them i rise in support of this measure. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. mcgovern: i yield two minutes to the gentleman from new york, mr. rangel. mr. rangel: mr. speaker, ask unanimous consent to revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman from new york is recognized for two minutes. mr. rangel: thank you so much. i'm almost embarrassed to get up here and discuss this gislation and believe that its sponsors really think that it's going to become law. that's what the reputation of the congress is supposed to be all about. but even when there's such an important decision, we like to talk about things that we are doing as a matter of life and death, but we don't really mean it. it's just a political expression. but when you are talking about
health care and realize that this is the only left industrialized country that's not seen fit to believe that health care is a matter of right, it goes beyond politics when we pass a bill so that people throughout the united states will be able to enjoy health care that we don't find one member of the opposition party joining in that legislation. it's beyond belief that people can complain that not enough young people are signing up or that employers are skeptical. or that there are people who lack confidence in this bill. when the majority party in this congress has condemned this bill with such utter contempt that for over 50 times it would come and attempt to repeal it and expect that everybody should have confidence in it.
why are we doing this? how can any party dislike hate or disagree with the president so much that they would spend millions of dollars of the taxpayers' money to attack a national health care providing bill and not have the least idea as to whether or not -- first of all they know it's not going to become law, but not enough common sense and decency to provide an alternative. we all know that seven years ago when president obama was first elected that the leaders of the republican party said get first job would be to rid of president obama. the american -- could i have additional minute? mr. mcgovern: yield an additional 20 seconds. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for 20 seconds. mr. rangel: thank you so much.
i close by saying everybody here knows this will never become law. it's a political statement. and as a politician there's nothing wrong with political statements, but to have one that is so wrapped up with hypocrisy and hatred it's very awkward for us to continue in this body and believe that anything we attempt to do to send to the president would have anyone believing that we are doing it because it's the right thing to do. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from massachusetts reserves. the gentleman from georgia. mr. woodall: at this time it's my great pleasure to yield two minutes to the gentlelady from indiana, mrs. walorski. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from indiana is recognized for two minutes. mrs. walorski: i thank the gentleman for yielding. mr. speaker, i rise in strong support of the rule for the restoring americans health care freedom reconciliation act of 2015. this important legislation would repeal the employer and
the dual mandates, obamacare slush fund, and taxes on everything from medical devices to health insurers to the insurance plans themselves. mr. speaker, obamacare is an unpopular failed law, polls have shown it, elections have demonstrated it. and rising premiums have droven it. i wasn't in this body when this law passed. i was watching in horror with the rest of the american people as the legislative process was railroad to push it through. let's consider the contrast today to what we have before us. a bill that both the house and the senate came together to guide through the normal legislative process. let's start 2016 the right way and make president obama own this law in a way that he has not had to do yet. let's continue to work here in congress toward a commonsense plan to replace this damaging law. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back her time
of the the gentleman from georgia reserves. gentleman from massachusetts. mr. mcgovern: mr. speaker, i yield one minute to the gentlelady from texas ms. jackson lee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from texas is recognized for one minute. ms. jackson lee: i thank the speaker. a picture is always worth a thousand words, and this is a picture of words. it is very clear that the affordable care act has been a life safer for many americans, and this budget reconciliation act is obviously misdirected, wrong directed, and the 62nd time this body has tried to gut the obamacare. thank you, mr. president, for vetoing it no matter whether it came to the senate or house. we worked without ceasing to get a bill that would cover millions of americans. it was a deliberative process. everyone had a right to vote. the republicans refused to vote for good health care. here we are 13 million americans benefited from 1 $1
billion in retates for -- 1.1 billion rebates in relt insurance. 34 million in medicare. last august millions of women began receiving free coverage for comprehensive women's care. 17 million children with pre-existing condition have insurance.6 million young people have insurance. 6.6 million seniors. of course they want to attack planned parenthood that provide vulnerable women with health care. i don't know what they view the budget reconciliation act, i call it the anti-new year's celebration. now that we have a new year, we have this horrible bill-- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired -- the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentleman from massachusetts reserves. and the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. woodall: i would inquire of my friend from massachusetts if he has any further speakers remaining? i am going to ask good doctor to close us today. it will d like to --
be a special treat today. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. mcgovern: i yield myself the remaining time, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for the remainder of the time. mr. mcgovern: mr. speaker, i have great affection for my friends on the other side of the aisle, but i don't understand their obsession with trying to repeal the affordable care act or their obsession with trying to defund planned parenthood. i mean if they get their way on the affordable care act, they would throw 22 million people out of the health -- out of health insurance plans. 22 million people would lose their coverage. young people who are 26 years old and under would lose their health care benefits. right now they could stay on their family's health care plans up to 26. they would lose that. it used to be that if you were a woman it would be considered a preex-ing condition and your insurance rates would be hire. the affordable care act prevents that. the doughnut hole in the drug
plan. the cost to senior citizens is closing. ultimately we'll eliminate that doughnut hole because of the affordable care act. that's all good. medicare's solvency has been expanded because of that. millions of more people have health insurance. that's a good thing. they want to take it away. on planned parenthood, i mean, most of what they do is provide preventive care to women. they want to take that away. it's cruel. it's a cruel thing to do. i can't believe that there isn't bipartisan consensus in this place that health care is something that people need and we ought to make sure they have access to t my friends have been in charge of this congress for a long time. they can't even offer an alternative other than they can tell us what they are against. they can't tell us what they are for. ey have done nothing to help expand the ability of people to
get health insurance in this contry. all they do is come to the floor and talk about repealing bills that will make it more difficult for people. i can't understand how they get up every morning and go to work. that's your mission. to make it more difficult for people in this country. to throw 22 million people off the health insurance rolls. to make it more difficult for vulnerable women to get preventive care at planned parenthood. that's the mission. that's how we are beginning this new year. and it really is sad. it is really disheartening, i think, for a will the of us -- lot of us who tried to make a difference in people's lives. i urge my colleagues to vote no on this terrible, terrible bill. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from georgia. mr. woodall: mr. speaker, at this time to close debate it's my privilege to yield five minutes to a gentleman who hasn't just talked about health care but does get up every morning to provide that health care to americans. the good doctor from louisville, texas, michael
burgess. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized for five minutes. mr. burgess: i thank the gentleman for yielding. mr. speaker, since this bill passed the house in march of 2010, probably half of the congress has changed. so for the benefit of people who were not here in march of 2010 who did not see this debate in its full throated entirety in 2010, i want to just revisit a couple of the salient pieces that led up to the passage of the patient protection affordable care act. people may ask themselves why is this law, why does it not enjoy more popularity? in fact, the night it was passed as reported on cnn, the american people were opposed to the passage of this law by about 52%. that number is essentially unchanged almost six years later. what was the promise of the
affordable care act? people, me remind don't take my word, this is in the words of jonathan gruber, economics professor from m.i.t. who published a graphic novel about the affordable care act, yea, hooray. everyone will be able to afford insurance. you won't have to worry about going broke if you get sick. we will start to bring the cost of health care under control. and we will do this all while reducing the federal deficit. why wasn't it more popular when it was passed? mr. speaker, here we are about two weeks after christmas eve and it was a christmas eve of 2009 when this bill passed the senate. and i would remind people in this body it was not a house bill that passed the senate. i take that back, it was a house bill. it was h.r. 3590. that was a bill dealing with veterans housing that had passed this house july of 2009
and had nothing to do with health care. but because this bill, this law, was a massive piece of tax policy, it had to originate in the house, except it didn't. but the bill number originated in the house. so the bill that was passed by the senate on christmas eve in 2009 with a big snowstorm bearing down on washington, d.c., every senator wanting to get out of town and get home to their district, the bill that was passed read as follows -- strike all after the enacting clause and insert. that means it took out all the housing language and put in all the health care language. more importantly, all of the tax policy. that bill passed the senate with the 60 votes. at that time the democrats held a 60 vote majority in the senate. and it allegedly was to come back to a conference committee with the house except that the senate lost a democratic senator in that time frame.
harry reid told the then speaker of the house, nancy pelosi, that he no longer had 60 votes and there was simply nothing more he could do. it was up to the speaker of the house to pass the senate bill with no changes because he could not bring it back before the senate because he no longer had 60 votes. . so the next three months were consumed with arm twisting and knee capping and trying to convince people to vote for something that was against their fundamental best interests. so is it a surprise that it did not enjoy popular support on the day it was passed? and it has not achieved popular support even with all the giveaways, even with all the federal money pumped into it since that time. and the reason, mr. speaker, is very simple. at the heart of this, at the heart of this, is a very coercive, really it's unique in federal policy, the federal government tells you what you have to do. you have to buy a health care policy. and then they seek to regulate it under the commerce clause. it was the most convoluted
logic anyone had ever seen. but it was coercive and that coerciveness led to the corrosiveness that has underlaid the affordable care act ever since. no wonder people look at this, it was conceived -- it was conceived in -- it was conceived in a falsehood. and then delivered to the american people under a false promise. and indeed it has harmed, as we've heard over and over again from people, it has armed individuals and individual districts across -- harmed individuals and individual districts across this country. mr. speaker, i stand today in support of the rule in support of the reconciliation bill. i want to yield back to the gentleman from georgia to move the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas yields back his time. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. woodall: mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time and move the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: the question son ordering the previous question on the resolution. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no.
in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. mcgovern: on that i ask for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. those favoring a vote by the yeas and nays will rise. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. members will record their votes y electronic device. pursuant to clause 8 and clause 9 of rule 20, this 15-minute vote on offereding the previous question on house resolution 579 will be followed by five-minute votes on adoption of house resolution 579, if ordered, ordering the previous question on house resolution 580, and adoption of house 580 -- 580 0 -- if ordered, and this is a 15-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is
he house will come to order. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to speak out of order for one minute for the purpose of making an announcement. the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. mr. sessions: mr. speaker, esterday the rules committee issued a dear colleague outlining the amendment process for h.r. 1644, the stream act. an amendment deadline has been set for monday, january 11, 016, at 10:00 a.m. members should be -- amendments should be drafted to the text of the bill as reported by the committee on natural resources, and is posted on the rules committee website. please feel free to contact
either me or the rules committee staff for any questions that a member or staff may have. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. without objection, five-minute vote will continue. the question is on adoption of the resolution. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. mcgovern: on that i ask for a recorded vote. the speaker pro tempore: a recorded vote is requested. all those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, a recorded vote is ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
the resolution is adopted. the unfinished business is on the vote of ordering the previous question on house resolution 580. on which the yeas and nays are ordered. the clerk will report the title of the resolution. the clerk: house calendar number 84, house resolution 580, resolution providing for consideration of the bill, h.r. 712, to impose certain limitations on consent decrees and settlement agreements by agencies that require the agencies to take regulatory action in accordance to the terms thereof and for other purposes. and proying for consideration of the bill, h.r. 1155, to provide for the establishment of a process for the review of rules and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on ordering the previous question -- previous questions. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by
the speaker pro tempore: on this vote, the yeas are 241, the nays are 176. the previous question is ordered. the question is on adoption of the resolution. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. mr. polis: mr. speaker, on that i request a recorded vote. the speaker pro tempore: a recorded vote is requested. those in favor of a recorded vote will rise. a sufficient number having risen a recorded vote is ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
the house will be in order. for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, pursuant to house resolution 579, i call up the bill h.r. 3762, the restoring americans' health care freedom reconciliation act of 2015, with the senate amendment thereto and i have a motion at the desk. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill, designate the senate
amendment and designate the mollings. he clerk: h.r. 3762, restoring americans' health care act, senate amendment, mr. price of georgia moves that the house concur in the senate amendment to h.r. 376 2. the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. members will please remove their conversations from the house floor. the house will be in order. pursuant to house resolution 579, the motion shall be debatable for one hour, equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on the budget. the gentleman from georgia, mr. price, and the gentleman from georgia, mr. value hollen, will each control 30 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from georgia. mr. price: i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and insert extraneous material on
h.r. 3769, the restoring americans' health care freedom act of 015. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman will suspend. the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the house will be in order. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. price: mr. speaker, this is a big day. for the first time, for the first time since the law was enacted, congress is one vote away from sending a broad repeal of obamacare to the president's desk. this marks a significant step in the fight for patient-centered health care for all americans and which lay the foundation for how congress can roll back the disastrous policies that are destroying the doctor-patient relationship. the legislation before us today is critical to our larger effort to rid america's health care system from undue washington influence and pave the way for